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N C C
V O L U N T E E R
S P O T L I G H T
When I became a teenager, I
(Above) Robert's family's pair of 1914 Overland Touring Cars. The yellow car with the chocolate brown fenders
had been in his family since the 1950s and was his original source of interest in cars. (Below) Stopped for lunch
at Cantwell's Tavern.
dB: How did you first come to be
involved with Tours?
Robert: After I started attending the
weekly socials, I occasionally heard
about the chapter's Tours Program
and about the places they had
gone. Eventually, one of NCC's
Tourmeisters convinced me to join a
tour - the November 2016 Pie Run.
I am sure he had tried to get me to
come on one of the earlier tours that
year, after one of the socials at which
I had told him about my experiences
growing up touring in Brass Era gas
and steam cars, but it never quite fit
my schedule.
The Pie Run worked out though,
and I needed to contribute my
part to Thanksgiving dinner anyway.
I arrived that morning at Catoctin
Mountain Orchard, grabbed some
dumplings and an apple pie, set off
with the group, and finished the run
with a smile on my face, eager to do
another tour. As we sat and enjoyed
dinner at Alpine Chef in
Fredericksburg, I was turning over
my first BMW CCA tour idea in my
head, a precursor of things to come.
That explains how I literally got
involved with the NCC Tours
Program, but does not explain the
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" why " so much.
As I previously mentioned, I
toured with Brass Era cars when I was
younger; that refers to cars from the
1900 to 1915 period or so, in case
you didn't know. My grandfather had
three such gasoline-powered cars
when I was growing up. We would
take them out occasionally on weekend
drives and once a year we would
trailer a car out to a weeklong tour
hosted by the Horseless Carriage
Club; usually these were in places I
had never seen. It is a lot of fun to get
30, 40, sometimes 100 cars together
and drive around; helping each other
get through each day, working
together to figure out whether we
should go left or right at the fork in
the road, and enjoying meals
together. When it was all over, I
would dream about the chance to go
out on the next event the following
year.
started volunteering with my dad at a
museum in Delaware which had
a collection of a dozen Stanley
Steamers, and we engaged in similar
events, just with steam cars instead.
We would also take the cars to shows
and fairs to demonstrate them for
people, since it is not too often you
could see one Stanley let alone five to
six operating together. We also took
them on the weeklong tours as well,
but if you had a full day route ahead
of you the morning prep for the
steam-powered cars was not for the
faint of heart. Most Brass Era gaspowered
cars were not equipped with
starters back in the day so there was
always that roll of the dice during
which you could break your wrist if
you weren't careful to retard the spark
advance when starting the car.
Steam-powered cars didn't have this
problem! On the flip side, once a
gas-powered car was going it would
keep running; starting a steam car
was an exercise in patience.
Instead of sleeping in until 8
a.m., we grabbed breakfast and started
the car and set off. It was a few
hours' ritual of cleaning the carbon
off the fuel injectors (bet you thought
that Direct Injection carbon buildup
was a new thing), followed by igniting
the pilot light to warm everything up.

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